Seattle Suspect's Family: 'We Could See This Coming'

Ian Stawicki is dead as shooting toll hits 5
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2012 10:55 PM CDT
Updated May 31, 2012 7:53 AM CDT
Seattle Shooting Suspect Identified
Police in Seattle have released this photo of the suspect inside Cafe Racer.   (Seattle Police Department)

The man suspected of killing five people and critically injuring one other in two shooting incidents in Seattle yesterday has died in the hospital, reports the AP. The suspect, who police say shot five people in a cafe and another in a carjacking, has been identified as Ian Stawicki, reports the Seattle Times. The 40-year-old shot himself in the head as police closed in on him on a city sidewalk. The suspect's brother says Stawicki was mentally ill. "It's no surprise to me this happened," he says. "We could see this coming. Nothing good is going to come with that much anger inside of you."

He said his brother began to go downhill in the last five years or so. The cafe's owner described Stawicki as a regular, but added, "You could just tell he was a ball of negative energy." A customer tells the Seattle newspaper that he had been kicked out a few times recently for "snapping" at others. Another tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that "we all got a bad vibe from him." (More Seattle stories.)

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